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"one whose doubts are resolved" [SECO] 

When we ring in the New Year, we typically do so with fanfare and a look toward the future, in an effort to put our best foot forward.

And in doing so, we also take a look backward to assess our shortcomings and areas where we think we might improve. It is human nature to anticipate, as well as to critique.

We see a microcosm of this in the Sherlock Holmes stories: Sherlock Holmes was certainly one who offered his fair share of critiques — of Scotland Yard, of the establishment, of Watson, and even of himself ("kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear"). But we can also find instances of anticipation in the Canon — Holmes grinning with glee as he surprised Watson or the occasional police detective with his clever disguises, and even Holmes looking forward to a visit with his old friend Watson.

Naturally, at Baker Street Elementary we find an earlier incarnation of critiques and anticipation...

Baker Street Elementary follows the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, as they and their friends work through the issues of elementary school in Victorian London. An archive of all previous episodes can be viewed at www.bakerstreetelementary.org.